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Item details

Name of item: House
Other name/s: Carysford, St Johns
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 62 Shirley Road, Wollstonecraft, NSW 2065
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
62 Shirley RoadWollstonecraftNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

An excellent, and relatively intact, example of a large, Federation bungalow built in 1906 and set in its original allotment and setting. The site was formerly part of the Berry Estate. The last original house on this section of Shirley Road, with allotment intact. Characteristic gardens and boundary retaining wall.

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Date significance updated: 10 Dec 13
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Physical description: A single storey, Federation bungalow set on a raised site above Shirley Road. The house is in face brick set on a sandstone plinth with roughcast render to the gables. To the front is a timber verandah that sweeps around two sides with turned timber columns. The roof is multi hipped in Marseilles pattern terracotta with rendered masonry chimneys with brick cappings. To the rear the house has two wings with a central court. The rear has been modernised and extended with folding doors set to the court and a large open plan dining and kitchen area.
There is garden to the rear with a lap pool but generally laid to lawn with shrub planting. There is a timber fence that faces the end of the Russell Street and there is a two storey garage and loft to the corner of the site.
Single storey brick house with hipped and gabled roof of terracotta tiles. Double-fronted with gabled bay and verandah bay, it has a returning verandah under a hipped roof with a gable end as a pediment above the building bay. Gable ends are either timber shingled or rough-cast rendered, the latter having a set of three narrow vertical ventilator openings set in decorative brickwork panel. Verandah has timber posts, valences and a timber shingled balustrade.This building was designed in the Federation Bungalow style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Modifications and dates: 1909. Addition of bay window and new stone wall
2002. Alterations and additions to the rear by MacGregor Westlake Architects
Current use: Private Residence
Former use: Private Residence/Dentist Rooms


Historical notes: Built in 1906 when the property was owned by Harold Sparks. Part of the Berry Estate that was formed from the grant to Edward Wollstonecraft in 1825. Alterations were carried out in 1909 for Mr. Dulon (Hessenbruch) when the property was owned by Mary Dulon Hessenbruch by Thomas Caves, builder. The property was owned by Alfred Roy Hordern from 1921 to 1926. The house may have been used as a dental surgery and residence after it was purchased by Ernest Wallace, dentist, in 1926.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. (none)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Associative Local. Representative Local.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Local significance
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Associative Local. Representative Local.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Associative Local. Representative Local.
SHR Criteria f)
Rare Aesthetically Locally
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative locally. This item is assessed as aesthetically representative regionally. This item is assessed as socially representative locally.
Integrity/Intactness: Good
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I111202 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930943Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB August 1992 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180943

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